American choreographer William Forsythe has spent his career primarily in Germany, where he directed Ballett Frankfurt (now the Forsythe Company). In the middle, somewhat elevated, originally commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev in 1987 for the Paris Opera Ballet, is set to a pulsating, electronic soundscape by Thom Willems. The work has since been recognized as a contemporary masterpiece. Forsythe has written, “In the middle, somewhat elevated is a theme and variations in the strictest sense. Exploiting the vestiges of academic virtuosity that still signify “the Classical,” it extends and accelerates these traditional figures of ballet. By shifting the alignment and emphasis of essentially vertical transitions, the affected enchaînements receive an unexpected force and drive that makes them appear foreign to their own origins.” This Forsythe acquisition was the second in Pennsylvania Ballet’s history, and was followed up with 2013 performances of his Artifact Suite.
Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.
At the launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication the Director of Performance Bill Bissell and choreographer Lucinda Childs discussed the collaborative research effort that led to our fourth danceworkbook.
Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most treasured modern dancers and choreographers, and the artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects.
Philadelphia Dance Projects began a presenting series of dance performances, workshops, and “informances” by individual dance artists.
Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer, media artist, artist space developer, and social entrepreneur whose work integrates choreography with digital media.
In advance of the September workshops with Boris Charmatz, project co-directors host an informal professional preview for dance and performance artists .
The Community Education Center produced the 25th New Edge Artists Service Program and Performance Series, connecting emerging and established artists with resources to rehearse and showcase their work.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.
Ruth Estévez is a curator, writer, and stage designer. She is currently gallery director and curator of REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
A conversation with Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe, Donte Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis on the underground dance style of J-Sette and how Poe drew on its legacy for Private Places, a new Center-funded work.
The New Year brings to the region an exciting array of Center-funded projects that promise to inspire, inform, and captivate audiences—from interdisciplinary works that blur boundaries in imaginative ways to unique commissions from international artists.
Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer, and music educator, who currently serves as composer-educator for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.